For an overview and important information, including application information, about outcomes for graduate students in the master of curriculum and instruction degree program, click here.
Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)
Teacher-related graduate degrees requiring Residency Teacher certification as a prerequisite are housed within one department at SPU — curriculum and instruction. The Curriculum and Instruction master's program offers specialization in Teaching and Learning, Reading and Language Arts. Courses are delivered both face-to-face and online, and a fully online teaching and learning online degree is also available. Please note that even students outside the fully online program will likely need to take some online courses, and fully online students will be required to visit campus two to three times over the course of the program. When degree work is done, the transcript will verify the specific program completed as follows: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Specialization: [area of emphasis].
Important: All of the coursework for Washington state's professional certification can be completed at SPU and count toward the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction. The only planning requirement is that no more than two courses (6 credits) can be at the 5000 level, including the Pre-Assessment Seminar (3) and the Culminating Seminar (3).
Those who complete the reading and language arts specialization will, in addition to receiving a curriculum and instruction degree, be prepared to add a K-12 supporting reading endorsement to their teaching certificate. Qualifications for adding this endorsement include passing the Praxis II (WEST-E) test in reading and a successful pedagogy assessment.
Due to the focus of the curriculum and instruction degree on the K-12 school system, it is preferred that each applicant has completed an approved program for teacher certification prior to enrollment. Exceptions should be approved by the C&I program chairperson.
In addition to the course requirements listed for the teaching and learning specialization and for the reading and language arts specialization, both specializations require students to create a portfolio over the course of their program, publicly present a solid piece of research in their interest area, and complete a comprehensive examination. However, these requirements will be integrated into students' coursework as much as possible.